Choosing one phone’s camera over another is highly subjective. Person A may prefer overly saturated colors, while Person B might go for as much realism as possible. Sometimes, it simply comes down to brand loyalty. DxOMark is famous for taking the controlled, objective route in comparing cameras; this time around, Apple’s newly released iPhone 7 was subjected to their test.
Despite achieving the highest overall score ever for an Apple device with 86 points, the iPhone 7 still loses out to its archrival the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, as well as the HTC 10 and Sony Xperia X Performance. All three Android flagships are tied at the top of DxOMark’s ratings with 88 points.
This isn’t to say the iPhone 7 has a bad camera. DxO Labs praised Apple’s best for its exposure accuracy, wide dynamic range, and reliable optical image stabilization. The only knocks against it are the noise in low-light conditions and autofocus inconsistencies, which are both common in nearly every smartphone shooter.
In addition, the iPhone 7 is a clear upgrade over its predecessor. The iPhone 6s, in comparison, managed to score only 82 points.
You can read up on the entire test on DxOMark’s website. It’s really fascinating how much effort they put into a smartphone camera test; it goes to show how good these pocket shooters are getting. We’re looking forward to their takes on the Galaxy Note 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.